Robe lights the way for Singapore’s Chingay Parade
SINGAPORE: Robe fixtures were used extensively to support the 45th Chingay Parade in Singapore in celebration of the Chinese New Year – The Year of The Rooster. In total, more than 400 moving heads were deployed by rental company CSP Productions Pte Ltd, having been specified by the show designer, Javier Tan, whose complete show included a cast of 8,000. The glittering show was organised by the People’s Association (PA) and celebrated the diversity and multicultural nature of the Singapore’s population. It was watched live by President Dr Tony Tan, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, plus assorted political, dignitaries and VIPs and approximately 200,000 members of the public over two nights.
Mr Tan is known as one of the top lighting designers in the region, and had previously lit the Chingay on the same site in 2013. He opted for Robe’s BMFLs to wash the parade route and the six massive grandstands with light via 216 BMFL Blades, 56 BMFL WashBeams and 112 ColorStrobes. Chingay 2017 Singapore’s technical director was Yong Fa. CSP's lighting crew chief on site was Colin Foo and its technical managers, Alan Lee and Pete Win Tin, ensured that everything ran smoothly from the warehouse end.
‘The main challenge was simply illuminating the vast 360m-long parade area created in the F1 pit lane and ensuring that the lumen levels were ramped up as high as the audience anticipation,’ explained Mr Tan.
‘A strong sense of theatricality and drama was also paramount as the many different contingents – including teams representing other countries like Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, China and South Korea – shimmied down the parade ground.’
The fixtures were rigged on a series of gantries and towers erected along the backs of the seating grandstands on both sides, arranged in layers to add depth to the picture and emphasise the dimension and scale of the space. The BMFL Blades were placed on the middle levels with the WashBeams on the tops of the towers. ‘I needed power and the brightness and it was absolutely the best choice,’ confirmed Mr Tan.
The ColorStrobes were positioned all along the upper gantry rail where they could immerse the entire crowd and performance area with colour and effects. ‘These strobes are simply amazing,’ added Mr Tan.
On Mr Tan’s recommendation, CSP Productions purchased another 80 ColorStrobes which joined the 40 already in its inventory. ‘They are absolute saviours on a site like this with such huge areas to light,’ said a CSP spokesperson. ‘The colours are great; they can do all the effects and funky bits and save having literally hundreds of conventionals to do the same job.’
‘It was great working with CSP Productions and Robe,’concluded Mr Tan. ‘But if I lit the event again, I would intend to double the amount of Robe ColorStrobes.’